Wayde Van Niekerk made headlines with a new 200m record in Kingston, Jamaica as he finished ahead Rasheed Dwyer and Warren Weir.
According to sport24, Van Niekerk, who already has achieved the 400m world record of 43.03, “took the half-lap win at the Racers Grand Prix in 19.84 to break the two-year-old mark of 19.87 held by Anaso Jobodwana.” He shattered Michael Johnson's world record of 43.18 in the 2016 Rio Olympics, which stood since 1999, and has gained much popularity since then.
The President of Athletics South Africa, Aleck Skhosana commented on Van Niekerk’s feat by saying “Since announcing that he wants to contest the short sprints seriously this year, he has been on an onslaught. Clearly he is not where we all want him to be, but he is really doing very well” says sport24. But this achievement was more than enough to send South Africans roaring, as their expectations have already been set regarding Van Niekerk.
Meanwhile, Usain Bolt, who will retire after the World Championships in August, won his final 100m race on his home soil. He claims to have been very nervous for this race as Skysports quotes him saying “I don't think I've ever been that nervous running a 100m. I think that was possibly one of my worst races. My execution was poor, my start was poor as always. I think in the last bit I lost it a little”.
The Racers Grand Prix was definitely a sight to behold, as Bolt readies himself for retirement and Van Niekerk reaps the benefits of perseverance and hard work.